The new year of formation for the six seminarians at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C. began on Friday, August 25. Classes for the seminarians at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. commenced on Monday, August 28.

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Pictured above in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Centralia, Pa. during the August 27 A Call to Prayer Marian Pilgrimage are (l. to r.) Andrew Perrong, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Philip Gilbert, ,Chicago Eparchy; Subdeacon Alex Bricki, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Very Rev. Robert J. Hitchens, seminary rector; Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka; Very Rev. Wasyl Kharuk, spiritual director; Martin Nagy, Chicago Eparchy; Kairo Chorne, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Bohdan Vasyliv, Philadelphia Archeparchy.

 

Rev. John M. Fields
Communications Office
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia


Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica